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San Diego regional water news roundup Oct 22-28, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 29, 2012

A selected roundup of news related to San Diego regional water issues.

WPA approval in Board’s hands / : “Now that the required public workshops have been held, only 38 days and two board meetings are all that appear to stand between the San Diego County Water Authority’s acceptance of a water purchase agreement (WPA) with Poseidon Resources for the Carlsbad Desalination Project.”

Indirect potable water use a possibility in SD / San Diego Source : “While San Diego is at a natural disadvantage when it comes to water resources, water recycling initiatives have the city on the forefront yet again…a panelist at the Statewide Environmental Summit on Tuesday, discussed a current water recycling demo project with the ability to cut costs for the consumer and increase water supply…” The agreement, according to a news release by the San Diego County Water Authority, is basically a simple agreement for “the purchase of between 48,000 acre-feet and 56,000 acre-feet of desalinated water per year, for 30 years.”

SDCWA must be desperate if they’re this stupid / Aguanomics : “The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) responded to a letter [pdf] from the Independent Rate Oversight Committee (IROC) by writing a pleading letter [pdf] to their sugar daddy, the Mayor of San Diego (and fan of desalination), Jerry Sanders. In their letter, SDCWA makes some astonishing statements”

Different groups find water conservation is low-hanging fruit / The Coast News : “RANCHO SANTA FE — Where some might only see sprinklers shooting water while oscillating back and forth, more groups and citizens notice something else entirely: significant potential for water conservation.”

Water Authority board continues due diligence on proposed desalination contract / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors on Thursday continued reviewing the financial details of a proposed contract to buy water from a planned seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad, and it heard answers to a range of questions raised by residents about the proposed contract at two special public meetings this month.”

Water Authority Board May Vote on Carlsbad Desal Plant Nov. 29 / Carlsbad Patch : “The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors continues to review the financial details of a proposed contract to buy water from a planned seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad…The board plans to consider the public-private partnership project at its special meetings November 8 and 15, and the earliest a vote could occur is November 29.”

RMWD discusses water access and Cedar Creek trailhead reopening / Ramona Patch : “With 32 rescues last year and already 24 rescues this year, plus a fatality, the trailhead to Cedar Creek Falls remains an issue for our local first responders.”

More than 430 pounds of garbage removed from Mission Bay, shoreline / : “About 140 volunteers removed more than 430 pounds of garbage from Mission Bay and its shoreline on Saturday that included an engine pump and a street sign, according to San Diego Coastkeeper and Sea World.”

Desalination plant not on a fast track / U-T San Diego : “The San Diego County Water Authority board of directors appreciates all of the public input it has been receiving as it reviews the proposed public-private Carlsbad Desalination Project. A recent commentary, “Concerns raised over desalination plant” (Opinion, Oct. 25), shared the concerns and input from the Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Chapter. However, we respectfully disagree with the statement in the commentary that the water authority is somehow “racing” to approval of the project.”

From graywater to green landscapes / U-T San Diego : “Dirty laundry is a bed of roses for Troy Murphree since the San Diego resident installed a system that funnels recycled household water to her cherished garden. The system, known as graywater, allows her to take shower and laundry water that would otherwise flush into sewers, and redirect it to irrigation lines instead.”

Different groups find water conservation is low-hanging fruit / The Coast News : “Reducing outdoor use is the largest piece of low-hanging fruit when it comes to achieving water savings, according to a new study from the nonprofit Equinox Center. Nowhere is that more true than the Santa Fe Irrigation District, which includes Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe. The district uses more water per person than anywhere else in San Diego County.”

Scientists: Salton Sea volcanoes much younger than previously thought / : “The Salton Buttes, a line of four small volcanoes on the Salton Sea’s southeastern shore, are not only still considered active by scientists, new research indicates they last erupted thousands of years more recently than previously thought.”


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